BANKS, Ros­alie Mary

The Chronicle Herald (Provincial) - - OBITUARIES -

Age 85 of Tre­mont, Kings Co., died un­ex­pect­edly in hos­pi­tal on May 9, 2020 af­ter hav­ing over­come many dire health is­sues. Born in Mid­dle­ton on May 4, 1935, she was the third of six chil­dren of the late Ar­leigh and Mar­garet (Dunn) Banks. Ros­alie was a lov­ing wife and mother and an ac­tive mem­ber of the Tre­mont com­mu­nity. Af­ter leav­ing the fam­ily farm where she was raised, Ros­alie be­gan a ca­reer in bank­ing, work­ing for sev­eral years at the Cana­dian Im­pe­rial Bank of Com­merce in Kingston. She then moved to the Royal Bank in Hal­i­fax where she met mil­i­tary man, Frank Bruce, from back home in the Val­ley. Mar­riage took the young cou­ple to Ger­many, where their wan­der­lust brought them many ad­ven­tures and trav­els through­out Europe. There they also started a fam­ily with their first two chil­dren. Upon re­turn­ing to Canada, they spent a few years out West, and Ros­alie had their third child in as many years. When her chil­dren were older, Ros­alie re­turned to the work­force and spent an­other 15 years with the Green­wood Credit Union as of­fice man­ager. Ros­alie was a mem­ber of Har­mony Bap­tist Church and a mem­ber of TOPS for many years. She was also a won­der­ful crafter; and made many trea­sures for her fam­ily over the years. Through­out her life, Ros­alie was also well-known and ap­pre­ci­ated for her de­li­cious bak­ing - es­pe­cially for her pies. And she made many a pie for lo­cal church sup­pers and fundrais­ers. Af­ter the death of her first hus­band of 29 years, she met and mar­ried Man­ning Banks. They have en­joyed 23 won­der­ful years to­gether. Ros­alie al­ways en­joyed a good cup of tea and a game of Crib­bage with Man­ning; and they joined lo­cal card par­ties when­ever they could to play 45’s and Bridge. In her later years, Ros­alie has been a vo­ra­cious reader and liked to play Soli­taire on the com­puter when she be­came less mo­bile. Of special note was the un­timely death of her daugh­ter, Jan­ice, which left a young boy with­out a mother. Ros­alie and Man­ning wel­comed Wil­liam into their home and con­tin­ued rais­ing him to be the fine young man he is to­day. Ros­alie suf­fered many life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses over the past 10 years; and Man­ning has been a lov­ing and sup­port­ive ad­vo­cate for her, by her side un­til the very end. Ros­alie just cel­e­brated her 85th birth­day and was as as­tute and full of joy as ever! Ros­alie was a very gen­er­ous per­son and do­nated to many char­i­ties. With her hus­band, she sup­ported two chil­dren through World Vi­sion for many years; and en­joyed re­ceiv­ing their per­sonal up­dates. Her sup­port of Chrysalis House, a lo­cal shel­ter for women and chil­dren, was also an im­por­tant cause to her. Ros­alie is sur­vived by her hus­band, J. Man­ning Banks; son, Frank (Bil­jana) Bruce, Rich­mond Hill, Ont.; daugh­ter, Karen Bruce, Vic­to­ria Vale; grand­sons, Alex and Eric Bruce, and Wil­liam Bartlett; sis­ter, Made­line (Gerry) Cadieux, Green­wood; and brothers, Murray Banks, Dart­mouth; and Terry (Tish) Banks, Port Al­berni, B.C. Also sur­viv­ing are step­daugh­ters, Agnes Cooke and Kather­ine Vos and their fam­i­lies, all of Brant­ford, Ont.; brother-in-law, Ted Keddy, Bed­ford; sis­ters-in-law, Lorna Bruce and Joyce Bruce; step­son, James Banks, Amherst; and step­daugh­ters, Cathie (Merle) Matthews, Sackville; and Pam (Dan) Muise, Tre­mont, and their fam­i­lies. Many beloved nieces, neph­ews, and cousins will also mourn her loss. Her death is a dev­as­tat­ing loss to those close to her. Ros­alie was pre­de­ceased by her first hus­band, Frank Bruce; daugh­ter, Jan­ice Bartlett; brother, Ed­win Banks; sis­ter, Janet Keddy; brother-in-law, John Bruce; sis­ters-in-law, Joyce Banks, Anne Taylor, Eileen Bruce, and Lor­raine Han­nam. Due to the cur­rent COVID-19 re­stric­tions, cre­ma­tion has taken place and a cel­e­bra­tion of her life will be held at a later date when fam­ily can all be to­gether. She will be re­mem­bered with a mon­u­ment be­side her late hus­band in the New Tre­mont Ceme­tery. Do­na­tions in her mem­ory may be made to World Vi­sion, Tre­mont Com­mu­nity Ceme­tery So­ci­ety, or a charity of your choice. A special thank you is ex­tended to the An­napo­lis Val­ley VON for their care and ded­i­ca­tion and to many staff at Soldiers Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal who looked af­ter her over the past few years. Fu­neral ar­range­ments have been en­trusted to Mid­dle­ton Fu­neral Home, 398 Main St., (902) 825-3448. On­line guest­book may be signed by vis­it­ing: www.mid­dle­ton­fu­ner­al­home.com

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